Bread-and-butter plays lift Arkansas

September, 19, 2010
9/19/10
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino calls them his team's bread-and-butter plays.

Whatever the No. 12 Razorbacks call them, quarterback Ryan Mallett ran the plays to perfection in the final minute of Saturday's thrilling 31-24 victory over Georgia at Sanford Stadium.

After the Razorbacks blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Razorbacks took possession at their 27-yard line with the score tied at 24 with 47 seconds to play. Mallett fired two passes to tight end D.J. Williams to move the Hogs to Georgia's 40, then fired a pass down the left sideline for receiver Greg Childs, who slipped a tackle and ran into the end zone for the winning touchdown with 15 seconds left.

"It's something we work on a lot during the week," Petrino said. "We always go to what we call our bread-and-butter plays. It was a hard football game. They came back in the second half. We were able to execute our two-minute offense and score to win the game."

The Razorbacks also ran their two-minute offense to perfection at the end of the first half. Leading 14-7, the Hogs took possession at their 20 with 46 seconds to play. Mallett completed a 39-yard pass to Joe Adams on first down, then threw a 15-yard pass to De'Anthony Curtis for a first down at Georgia's 31 with nine seconds left.

Zach Hocker made a 48-yard field goal with four seconds left in the half to give Arkansas a 17-7 lead. In the end, the last-second field goal was big.

Mallett, who was criticized for his poor play in four road losses last season, completed 21 of 33 passes for 380 yards with three touchdowns. His best work came at the end of both halves.

"It just shows how tough he is, how mentally and physically tough he is," Petrino said. "He really stood in there, and you can't say enough about how he executed that two-minute drive."

Mark Schlabach | email

College Football and Basketball

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